Foods That are Toxic to Dogs

Some foods that are considered suitable for people can be hazardous for pets. The list below highlights some of the most common foods that can be dangerous to animals.

This list is not an exhaustive one, and any decision to provide your pet with food not explicitly intended for animals should always be discussed with your veterinarian or pet nutritionist. For more information on foods that could be unsafe for pets, visit the ASPCA's "People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets" page.

The following foods may be dangerous to your pet.

Alcoholic beverages
Apple seeds
Apricot pits
Cherry pits
Candy (mainly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the poisonous sweetener Xylitol)
Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
Gum (can cause blockages and sugar-free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
Hops (used in home beer brewing)
Macadamia nuts
Moldy foods
Mushroom plants
Mustard seeds
Onions and onion powder
Peach Pits
Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
Rhubarb leaves
Tea (because it contains caffeine)
Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
Yeast dough